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Providence Housing Authority

100 Broad Street
Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island 2903

Providence Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Providence, Rhode Island that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 9th, 2020, Providence Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Providence Housing Authority serves Providence.

Providence Housing Authority joined the Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal on June 6, 2019.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Centralized Open Until Further Notice
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Providence Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Providence Housing Authority Website: https://provhousing.org/.

Providence Housing Authority Phone: (401) 751-6400.

COVID-19 Update: As of March 31, 2020, the Providence Housing Authority website says:

"The PHA is open and working diligently for the individuals and families we serve while practicing social distancing and limiting in-person interaction whenever possible."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Centralized Waiting List

The Rhode Island Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Wait List Portal Section 8 HCV waiting list is currently open, from December 17, 2017 at 12:01 am ET, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here. Applications that are mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand delivered will not be processed.

The waiting list will be sorted differently by each housing authority according to its own preferences.

Participating housing authorities may have any of the following preferences: Chronically homeless veteran; Disabled; Disabled Veteran; Displaced; Elderly; Homeless; Terminated from Johnston Housing Authority HCV program due to lack of funding; Job Training; Money Follows the Person; Near Elderly; Resident of jurisdiction of participating housing authority; Rhode Island resident; Rent burdened; Full time student; Unstable housing situation; Victim of Domestic Violence; Veteran; Witness protection; Working. Further explanation of each preference can be found here.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences. 

Persons requiring assistance completing an application can call Rhode Island Housing (RIH) at (844) 459-3600, or email waitlist@rihousing.com.

For more information, visit the Rhode Island Housing website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (401) 457-1288 or TTY (401) 450-1394.

Last Updated on 02/28/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 2, 2020 at 9:00 am ET, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 $28,700 | 4 $40,950 
  • 2 $32,800 | 5 $44,250
  • 3 $36,900 | 6 $47,550

There are preferences, and they are listed on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the PHA website, as of February 20, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Providence, Rhode Island.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (401) 751-6400 or e-mail waitlist@provhousing.org.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) waiting list for Public Housing apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted from March 2, 2020 at 9:00 am ET, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

The maximum income limits for each household size are as follows:

  • 1 $28,700 | 4 $40,950 
  • 2 $32,800 | 5 $44,250
  • 3 $36,900 | 6 $47,550

There are preferences, and they are listed on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the PHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the PHA website, as of February 20, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Providence, Rhode Island. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (401) 751-6400 or e-mail waitlist@provhousing.org.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/06/2020.

About Providence Housing Authority

More information about Providence Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://provhousing.org/.

Representatives of Providence Housing Authority may be available by phone at (401) 751-6400. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/09/2020, it is not known if Providence Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Providence Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Providence Housing Authority manages 2,296 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,855 51 60 117 182
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $713 $572 $712 $693 $572
Monthly Cost $1,322,100 $29,195 $42,721 $81,096 $104,083

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Providence Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 211 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 57 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.4 persons and has a household income of $14,613 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 52% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

48% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 45% of households with children have a female head of household. 88% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 23% of all heads of households being Black and 2% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Providence Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 22% include at least one person with a disability. 34% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 73% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

17% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 47% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Providence Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $375 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $719. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $157.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Providence Housing Authority

Hartford Park

300 Hartford Ave
Providence, Rhode Island
Call For Rent
1-6 BR
Family & Senior

Dexter Manor

100 Broad St
Providence, Rhode Island
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
55+
Accessible
62+

Dominica Manor

100 Atwells Ave
Providence, Rhode Island
55+
62+

Carroll Towers

243 Smith St
Providence, Rhode Island
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
55+
62+

Kilmartin Plaza

160 Benedict St
Providence, Rhode Island
55+
Accessible
62+

Parenti Villa

25 Tobey St
Providence, Rhode Island
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
55+
Accessible
62+

Chad Brown & Admiral Terrace

263 Chad Brown St
Providence, Rhode Island
Family & Senior

Codding Court

144 Dodge St
Providence, Rhode Island
Family & Senior

Manton Heights

31 Salmon St
Providence, Rhode Island
Family & Senior